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How to convert a Word document to PDF in Xamarin.Forms

Platform: Xamarin.Forms |
Control: DocIO |
Published Date: February 27, 2018 |
Last Revised Date: May 12, 2020

Yes, it is possible to convert a Word document to PDF in Xamarin platforms. From 2018 Volume 1 release (v16.1.0.24) onwards, Syncfusion provides support for Word to PDF conversion in Xamarin platforms.

Step 1: Create a Xamarin Forms application. For .NET Standard Xamarin application, the target framework must be .NET Standard 1.4 or higher version.

Step 2: Add the following NuGet packages from nuget.org as reference in your Xamarin application. Kindly refer here to install NuGet from NuGet Package Manager.

  • Syncfusion.Xamarin.DocIORenderer
  • SkiaSharp

You can also install these packages through package manager console using following commands

Step 3: Kindly add a button in your XAML page.


<Button x:Name="btnGenerate" Clicked ="OnButtonClicked" Text ="Convert to PDF" HorizontalOptions="Center" VerticalOptions="Center"></Button>

Add the below code example in the button click event handler to create a simple Word document from scratch and convert it to PDF.


private void OnButtonClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
//Creates an instance of WordDocument Instance (Empty Word Document)
WordDocument wordDocument = new WordDocument();
//Add a section & a paragraph in the empty document
//Append text to the last paragraph of the document
wordDocument.LastParagraph.Text = "Adventure Works Cycles, the fictitious company on which the" +
    " AdventureWorks sample databases are based, is a large, multinational manufacturing company. ";
//Instantiation of DocIORenderer for Word to PDF conversion
DocIORenderer render = new DocIORenderer();
//Converts Word document into PDF document
PdfDocument pdfDocument = render.ConvertToPDF(wordDocument);
//Releases all resources used by the Word document and DocIO Renderer objects
//Saves the PDF file
MemoryStream outputStream = new MemoryStream();
//Closes the instance of PDF document object

The sample illustrating how to convert an existing Word document to PDF can be downloaded from here.

If you have any questions or require clarification about this support, please let us know in the comments below. You can also contact us through our support forum or Direct Trac. We are happy to assist you!


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Juha Hietanen
Mar 07, 2018

I copy-pasted your example code and I got error like this: The type 'PdfDocument' is defined in an assembly that is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'Syncfusion.Pdf.Portable, Version=16.1140.0.26, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3d67ed1f87d44c89'.

While I have a (newer?) Syncfusion.Pdf.Portable:

Is this really something how it should be behaved?

I tried also to downgrade the NuGet library to version 24 without luck. It seems that version 26 is just today released into the NuGet but no Essential Studio is available. Maybe that will solve this issue?

Dilli Babu Nandha Gopal [Syncfusion]
Mar 08, 2018

Hi Juha,


We suspect that you are referring the incorrect package to perform Word to PDF conversion in Xamarin application. Syncfusion.Xamarin.DocIORenderer and SkiaSharp are the required NuGet packages which needs to installed. As mentioned in nuget.org for Syncfusion.Xamarin.DocIORenderer , this package needs to be installed in .NET Standard 1.4 compatible or shared Xamarin projects.


We have internally packed Syncfusion.Pdf.Portable .NETStandard 1.4v assembly in Syncfusion.Xamarin.DocIORenderer package where as Syncfusion.Xamarin.Pdf package contains Syncfusion.Pdf.Portable .NETStandard 1.0v assembly due to which, this compilation error has occurred. To resolve this error, we strongly recommended you to refer Syncfusion.Xamarin.DocIORenderer package and uninstall Syncfusion.Xamarin.Pdf package from your application.



Dilli babu.


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